I have picked up on a correlation (similarities if you will allow) between the Republican mentality with regards to this political environment and religion in the darkest of ages, pre-Renaissance. I think the similarity is striking and disturbing, in that the motivation and victims are very similar. The least educated among us are being used against themselves in an attempt to further the agendas of the rich and powerful. Like John Stuart Mill said, "Religion is Politics"- more to the point they need each other to watch the other's back.
The lies, absurdities, appeals to the emotions of people who already feel alienated, and utter tautology of the rhetoric coming from those they wish to trust, want to trust - actually need to trust to protect their world view. In the current political arena, the total lack of "common sense" (if I may assume we can all agree as to what I am referring), cannot be that dissimilar to the conversations of Constantine after his conversion, when he realized the political advantage of rebuilding Rome with the myths of the outlying pagans. Isn't the bread of the conspiracy theorist, conformation bias, and a total disregard for the obvious?